Tuesday, October 20, 2015

FREE PATTERN: Owl Camera Lens Buddy

Hi there!
A friend of mine asked me to make her an owl camera lens buddy for her new photography business, so I worked this little guy up. He would also be great on the end of a baby bottle, I think. It's only a simple little pattern, but I thought I'd share it in hopes that it would help someone out. I wrote it down as I went along, but have not made a second one to test it out so please, if you find any errors or have any questions, let me know.

Owl Camera Lens Buddy
©Anita Shore Elmore

You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
You may, however, share the pattern freely and sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.
Please enjoy!

Hooks: US G and D
Yarn: DK weight (in two complimenting colors – called color 1 and color 2 throughout pattern (+) a small amount of white and black)
Ponytail holder / hair tie

ch                    chain
sts                   stitches
sl st                 slip stitch
sc                    single crochet
hdc                  half double crochet
dc                    double crochet
tc                     triple crochet
inc                   increase
dc2tog            double chain 2 together
sp                    space
fo                     finish off

Beginning sc does NOT count as first st in each round.
Start each round in same stitch as joining sl st from previous round.
When finishing off eyes, leave long tail for sewing.

Using US G hook & holding 2 strands of yarn together:

Round 1: using color 1 attach yarn to ponytail holder with a sl st, ch 2, dc 38 around ponytail holder, join to top of first dc. (38 sts)

Round 2: ch 2, (dc 3, dc inc)x3, dc2tog, *dc, tc, ch 2, tc, dc *in next st, dc2tog x4, *dc, tc, ch 2, tc, dc *in next st, dc2tog, (dc 3, dc inc)x3, join switching to color 2. (44 sts + 2 ch 2 sp)

Round 3: ch 2, (hdc 4, hdc inc)x3, hdc 3, *hdc 1, ch 2, hdc 1 *in ch 2 sp, hdc 8, *hdc 1, ch 2, hdc 1 *in ch 2 sp, hdc 3, (hdc 4, hdc inc)x3, fo.

EYES (make 2)
Using US D hook & only a single strand of yarn:

Round 1: using black yarn, ch 2, sc 6 in first ch, join switching to color 1 (6 sts)

Round 2: ch 1, (sc 2) across, join switching to white (12 sts)

Round 3: ch 1, (hdc 1, hdc inc) around, fo.

Sew to body/head as seen in pic.

For each ear:

Cut 2 strands of each body color (+) 2 strands of white (or other complimentary color) approximately 4” long.

Holding these 6 strands together, fold in half. Push resulting loop in one of the ch 2 sp, going from front to back, enough to pull ends back through loop. Pull snugly to secure and trim ends to desired length. 

Using yellow yarn, embroider beak as seen in pic. 



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Morning Coffee, Knitting and an Introduction

Good Morning!

My, how time flies! A great big "Thank You" to those who have kept in touch with me through your comments (which, just so you know, I work hard to always answer as quickly as I can!), those who still follow along here at my blog (even though I don't post as much as I once did) and also to those who have come on over to my Facebook page and followed me there! For those of you who didn't know yet, I have indeed started a Facebook page to share all things creative...a companion for my blog, if you will. I am able to post a little more frequently there, so I'd love it if you would click through and "Like" and "Follow" me there!

It is a beautiful crisp Autumn morning here in Tennessee. As I was sitting here in my big, comfy chair, drinking my yummy coffee, in my Autumn mug no less...

...and looking out my window at the beautiful red and gold leaves blowing in the soft breeze as they mingle with what remains of the green leaves of the warm seasons, sneaking in a few rows of knitting on a baby blanket I am making...

...I was thinking of you and thought it was high time that I peeked in to say "Hi."

 Don't you just love the feel of the yarn running through your fingers as you knit and/or crochet? ...and getting lost in the rhythm of working the yarn with your needles and/or hook. Man, it just doesn't get much better than that! 

That is, except for holding your brand new granddaughter! May I introduce you to the newest member of the family, Little Miss Audrey!

I am so in love with her!

Well friends, I thank you for allowing me to share with you. I hope that you have an amazing and blessed Sunday!

O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.
Psalm 34:8 (AMP)